FirstAdventEditedIn the early 1900’s, a young Denver boy who was sick asked his father to put lights on the big evergreen just outside his window. The boy’s father, who operated an electrical business, strung colored lights on the evergreen. His son watched them sparkle like emeralds and rubies against their ermine mantle of snow.

In horse-drawn carriages and chugging automobiles, people came for miles around to admire the tree. The next year, neighbors joined in the outdoor tree-trimming.

It wasn’t long before the lighted Christmas tree spread from home to home and became a holiday tradition. Today, in city parks, along highways, and on dark and snow-drifted lawns alike, lighted living trees remind millions of the birth of Christ.


from Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned from Jesus; 1998 David C. Cook Publishing Company